Just came across this news. It is a shock to see that this young guy with his friends have real skills they could use in a good way for themselves or others. The Anonymous hacker group could certainly make a positive difference instead of attacking big corporations and their clients.
A 16-year-old ‘hacktivist’ whose targeted cyber attacks cost Paypal, Mastercard and Visa millions of pounds escaped jail today after the judge ruled he had been affected by special needs.
Birchall worked in conjunction with other members of cyber attack group Anonymous Photo: Reuters
Jake Birchall, now 18, took part in denial of service attacks from his “darkened teenage boy’s bedroom” Judge Peter Testar said, describing Birchall as “profoundly isolated” with “special needs”.
Working in conjunction with other members of cyber attack group Anonymous, Birchall targeted online payment website Paypal, as well as Mastercard and Visa. One strike against Paypal alone cost the site £3.5 million pounds.
At Southwark Crown Court today, Birchall, who was 16 at the time of the attacks, admitted conspiring to impair the operation of computers between August 1, 2010, and January 22, 2011.